All Nebraskans deserve fair and equal treatment in all areas of public life, including the thousands of Nebraskans who are LGBTQIA+. New proposals before the Nebraska Legislature can get us closer to the aspiration in our state motto: "Equality Before the Law."

Nebraska already has statewide nondiscrimination laws that protect people from unfair discrimination based on their race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, marital status, national origin, familial status, handicap, age, and disability.  This year, senators must ensure LGBTQIA+ Nebraskans have access to the same opportunities as everyone else by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list.

While the U.S. Supreme Court's historic Bostock decision banned workplace discrimination directed at LGBTQIA+ people, laws in housing and public accomodations have yet to catch up. We need clear, comprehensive, and secure nondiscrimination protections in our state that eliminate confusion for workers and businesses alike. We support measures to do just that, along with proposals that would eliminate discrimination in adoption and ask voters to remove the outdated and hateful same-sex marriage ban from our state constitution.

Ultimately, this is about basic fairness and clearly stating discrimination is wrong whether it's against your faith, age, sexual orientation or gender identity. All Nebraskans should have the right to earn a living and support our families and engage in society as full citizens.

Related legislation: LB97, LB120, LB229, LB230, LB231, LB517LR20CA

About this series

2021 holds the promise for meaningful change. At the start of it all is Nebraska's long 90-day legislative session. As our state senators face key issues, we need them to make the right choices. Your advocacy can help. We analyzed the hundreds of new bills that have been introduced and sorted civil rights priorities into eight categories. We call it the ACLU 8. These lists are not exhaustive and only reflect bills we've identified as top priorities or top threats. We encourage you to find your senator and tell them your priorities.

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